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“Now I See the Moon” by Elaine Hall is a story about a mother and son’s journey as he is diagnosed with autism.  As an acting coach, Elaine uses her resources in helping him become more independent.  In the process, she creates The Miracle Project.  The organization utilizes the performing arts as a connecting point [...]

 

Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of spending the time to make a healthy snack; sometimes we just need something to munch on while you’re on the go. Here are 5 healthy snacks that are quick, easy, and healthy! 1. Raw almonds, cashews, or walnuts – I keep a bag of them in my desk! [...]

 

A great thought from the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation: Eknath Easwaran’s Thought for the Day He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. – Proverbs In the interest of good health, in the interest of a long life, in [...]

 

“Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported on Wednesday, in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study found.

 

There is a lot of confusion about autism and its symptoms. Parents aren’t sure what to look for as indicators and educators aren’t generally trained to know the different signs at different levels of the spectrum. There is a saying within the autism community: “When you know one child with autism, you know one child with autism.”

 

As an employee of the city of Aurora in CO, my husband has come across lots of words of sympathy and encouragement from around the world. Following is an encouraging letter from the city of Raleigh to the city of Aurora following the recent shooting.

Subject: Words of Encouragement from Raleigh, NC

 

I along with fellow Colorado residents woke up to the sad news of another shooting. I’m sure many that are at least as old as me were transported to that day when there was breaking news of Columbine. My now 14 year-old teen was an infant as I, a new mom then, was trying to reconcile the world my child was born into…He of course does not remember that day as he connects with fellow teens on what has occurred today. I wonder what they are saying and how they comfort one another with their limited time on this planet. I’m not certain how the rest of us console one another.

 

Still trying to figure out what to do with your kids this summer?  The summer can be a stressful time if you have kids and need to work outside the home.  It can be quite the juggling act as you coordinate dates, transportation and expenses. As much as possible, stay organized and try to fit [...]

 

With a challenging economy, there is an inclination to try to save money wherever possible. One area of your life you can easily save money is on house cleaning.

The most obvious way to save money if it applies to you is to stop paying someone else to do it for you. There are many way to

 

It is challenging to hear the diagnosis that your child is on the autism spectrum. According to CDC, the rate is now 1 in 88 versus 1 in 117. The pattern has been that the rates are going up. I have heard of the diagnosis for both of my children in the past year – first my 3 year-old in July 2011, then my 13 year-old this past December. If we felt clueless about parenting before, the diagnosis leaves us even more lost. I am still looking for my parenting manual, which seems to keep getting out-dated all the time anyway.

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